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Jackie O’s, Casa To Host 14th Annual Lennonfest

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Many wondered what would happen with Athens' annual Lennonfest after the Nov. 16 fire that destroyed The Union Bar & Grill's upstairs room and several other businesses along West Union Street, including Jackie O's Public House.

Eric Leighton, who founded Lennonfest 14 years ago, wants to assure everyone that a splendid time is still guaranteed for all. Casa Cantina agreed to co-host this Saturday's event and Jackie O's Public House, which recently re-opened, is ready to rock once again with dozens of local musicians performing Beatles classics.

PHOTOS: Stuart’s Opera House Winter Fundraiser

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Many of Athens County’s most talented performers entertained a receptive audience last night during the Stuart’s Opera House Winter Fundraiser. The annual concert featured classic songs, holiday favorites and comedy skits performed by Alex Couladis, Sharell Arocho, Andy Stone and Bill L’Heureux, Cecilia Rinaldi, Angela Blair, Giles Lee, Celeste Parsons and the Legends Band. In… Read More

Local Group Partners With Wayne National Forest To Promote Arts

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Representatives of the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts and the Wayne National Forest gathered Tuesday for a signing of a partnership agreement to contribute to a "culture of health."

The purpose of the gathering was to demonstrate the importance and value of the arts in rural economic diversification and cultural resource conservation in forest and/or natural resource-dependent areas.

Upstairs at The Union

More Than Just A Bar: Performers, Patrons Reflect On The Union

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The Athens music community was rocked by Sunday's news that a section of West Union Street was consumed by fire, impacting longtime music venues The Union Bar & Grill and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery.

While Jackie O's Brewpub plans to reopen soon, The Union's future is uncertain.

WOUB reached out to current and former Athens musicians and Union regulars to get their thoughts on Sunday's fire and one of the region's most storied music venues.

"Musical Melding" by Tim Creamer

Hocking College Gallery Hosts Tim Creamer Photo Exhibit

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The Hocking College Art Gallery is featuring a solo artist photography exhibit featuring Athens resident Tim Creamer.

The show, which opens on Oct. 31, features modern photography created with iPhone 4 and 5s apps, including Hipstamatic, iColorama and Snapseed.

An opening reception will also be held Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. during Nelsonville's Final Friday event on the Public Square.

Asclepias (Jim Shirey)

Athens Photographer Wins at State Competition

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An Athens photographer was among seven winners at the 70th Ohio Annual Exhibition, held at the Zanesville Museum of Art on Oct. 11.

Jim Shirey walked away with the First Place Photography Award, joined by six other artists specializing in watercolors, drawing, sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics and art quilts. The museum received 175 entries from 40 cities and towns in Ohio.

The Ridges

Ridges Returning for OU Homecoming Bash

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For many Ohio University alumni, Homecoming Weekend is a chance to reconnect with old friends, relive past glories and return to a town they called home for four years (possibly more, in some cases). For orchestral folk-rock band The Ridges, it means a few different things.

The group got their start in Athens, took their name from a local landmark and the members are made up of OU alumni and current students. This Saturday, they hope to reconnect with old friends and make new fans during a homecoming show at Casa Nueva.